Clergy

Ben Thorndike - Summer 2021   Wendy outside PP
Reverend Ben Thorndike
Vicar


It is a joy to be part of Tonbridge Parish Church family. I have a passion mission and discipleship and am looking forward to strengthening the work of the church so that it can reach out into the community. Together with my family, I am excited to serve the Lord Jesus together with those across the churches and share the good news of God’s love in Jesus with the wider parish and beyond.

Before working in church ministry, I taught Business Studies and Economics at a large secondary school in Cambridge.

In my spare time I enjoy films and reading, open water swimming and I am a keen fly fisherman. I am married to Jane, and we have three school-age children. 

(Ben's installation and induction service will take place at 7:30pm on 8th December 2021.) 
  Reverend Wendy Carr
Associate Vicar


As the Associate Vicar I have the privilege of walking with people through life and encouraging them on their journeying with Jesus. I have a particular heart for pastoral ministry and outreach and community engagement.

Before training for ministry in Cambridge I worked with children and families, my passion was to see children grow in confidence, to love life and to reach their full potential.

Family life includes my husband Jason and our 2 children. We love the outdoors and exploring the countryside walking in and around Kent with our Labrador.
     
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Sally Musson
Licensed Lay Minister


I work as a full-time Licenced Lay Minister (LLM) in the Parish of St Peter & St Paul. This involves preaching, leading worship, taking funerals, pastoral visits and a leadership role at St Saviour's Church. 

Beyond the Parish, I am a volunteer on the chaplaincy team at Tunbridge Wells Hospital, Secretary to the Tonbridge Deanery Synod and a Vocations Adviser for the Diocese of Rochester. I am also licensed as an LLM to the parishes of Chiddingstone with Chiddingstone Causeway and serve as Governor at Chiddingstone C of E Primary School.
   
     

Youth & Children

   
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Andy Page
Youth & Children's Minister


I oversee and develop all the work we do with young people in the Parish, whether they're part of the church family or in the wider community of North Tonbridge. I've been involved in Youth & Children's Ministry for nearly 20 years.

I've been married to my wife Clare for just over a decade and have two sons called Ezra and Jesse. I enjoy music - being a keen drummer and vocalist - and also being in the outdoors walking, cycling, rock climbing, canoeing or trying to capture it in photographs.
   
     

Leadership

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Paul White
Church Warden

As one of the parish wardens, there are a variety of CofE legal and formal things to do, but there are also a number of unexpected and surprising matters to deal with.  However, the best way to describe my role is that I am there to support our clergy, staff and volunteers as they preach the Gospel in whatever way I can.

I am also the chair of our Mission Action Group, a small committee of parishioners that oversees the links to our mission partners and makes charitable donations on behalf of the parish.

I am married to Ellerby and we have 2 teenage sons who are at school locally. 
  Adam Calvert
Church Warden

In my role as a church warden I seek to assist the vicar and church family in the decisions and activities of the church as we work together to promote the gospel of Jesus Christ.
 
I am married to Pam and we have two daughters and three grandchildren. I moved to Tonbridge in 2018 and work in London.
     
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Ray Tanner
Parish Treasurer

As treasurer it is my responsibility to oversee the finance department with regards to donations, tax recovery, and letting income, and to monitor all outgoings to ensure that the parish gets best value for money. Together with the finance committee, we regularly look at trends in income and take strategic views for the future and report to the PCC.

I am also the treasurer of the Kondoa fund for our mission partner in Tanzania.

My wife Pam and I worship at St. Philip’s Church, and I am secretary of the Parish Men’s group which is very active with regular meetings and walks.

 
   
     

Staff Team

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Yolanda Roberts
Vicar's PA and Administrator

My role as a PA is to provide administrative support to our Vicar. I also assist the Treasurer by handling the day to day administration of the finances.

It is wonderful to discover what life is like in the church during the week, with many members of our congregation devoting their time and love to our community.

I attend St Peter & St Paul with my husband Adrian and our teenage boys. In my spare time I enjoy cooking and also walking Cooper our Springer Spaniel.
  Jane Higgs
Administrator: Parish Church

As a lay member of the Staff Team, and also as a volunteer, it is a privilege to serve and contribute to the life of our Parish family, a part of which I have been since childhood. In particular my heart lies with future opportunities in Community Engagement & the ministry of ‘whole-person’ care.

With my husband Steve, who runs a local business, I worship at St Philip’s.  

I enjoy spending time with friends and family, including our adult son – sharing over a cuppa, walking and theatre visits, also reading and catching up on recommended films!
     
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Kerry Reichenmiller
Communications Officer


I am delighted to support the parish’s communications both internally amongst the church family and externally with local organisations. I strive to ensure that the church has a clear and distinctive voice in both printed communications and online presence. 

Prior to church communications I worked for 20 years in branding and marketing in the private sector.

I am married to Patrick, and we have two daughters who attend primary school locally. I love running and long country walks; spending time with my family exploring nature and eating a good picnic!
   
 
 
 

PCC

 

Electoral Roll 

The PCC, or Parochial Church Council, supports and advises the Vicar in the mission, worship and pastoral care of the Parish. It is also responsible for the finances of the Parish, and the care and maintenance of the buildings and contents in the Parish. The PCC is a Charity and its members are trustees of the Charity. The PCC and Vicar have a duty of care to ensure the safeguarding of the vulnerable in the church community.

The members of the PCC are the Clergy, Churchwardens and others elected by the Annual Parochial Church Meeting.
A list of the current members of our PCC and other PCC resources can be found
here.

 

  Diane Thorpe is our Electoral Roll officer.  Please contact her to check if you are on the Roll, or send applications to her. Application forms can be downloaded here and more information on the Electoral Roll can be found under Resources.

If you need to contact the Church please visit the Contact Us page.